Members of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® (TRAR) showed their community spirit in recent weeks, volunteering their time and resources to help the Habitat for Humanity’s Joliet ReStore and the MorningStar Mission in Joliet.

In November, 10 members of the local association gathered at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Joliet to lend a helping hand. The ReStore is a home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used home accessories, furniture, appliances – as well as building materials – to the public at a fraction of the normal price. The proceeds of those sales help defray operating costs and help build affordable housing through the Habitat for Humanity.

The volunteers included: Dan Chruscinski, Shelbey Austgen Hammond, Gibby Kirby, Laurie Montgomery, Mike Montgomery, Amanda Orsburn, Judy Panozzo and Ellen Williams. They were joined by two members of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, Loretta Alonzo-Deubel and Mark Deubel.

Members of TRAR’s Young Professionals Network also bought, wrapped and delivered Christmas presents for six needy children in the MorningStar Mission’s Stars of Hope Program. Participants for this project included Jennifer Grelck, Gibby Kirby, Mike Montgomery, Amanda Orsburn, Judy Panozzo and Suzanne Willey,

According to the MorningStar Mission, the Stars of Hope program will provide Christmas gifts to more than 500 families in need.

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® represents more than 1,000 REALTORS® and affiliate members in Will and Grundy counties and the surrounding areas who provide ethical real estate and real estate-related services. The 2019 officers are President Judy Panozzo, President-elect Joyce Zelazik, Secretary-Treasurer Eddie Ruettiger and Immediate Past President Ken Pytlewski. David McClintock is the CEO.

Back row (l to r) are: Judy Panozzo, Mike Montgomery, Laurie Montgomery, Mark Deubel, Loretta Alonzo-Deubel, Shelbey Austgen Hammond and Amanda Orsburn. Front row (l to r) are: Gibby Kirby, Dan Chruscinski and Ellen Williams.

TRAR members (l to r) are: Judy Panozzo, Mike Montgomery, Suzanne Willey, Amanda Orsburn, Jennifer Grelck and Gibby Kirby.